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Hillsborough Schools to Receive Funding Boost to Invest in High Needs Schools

July 30, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Tampa, Fla. – (July 30, 2019) – A funding boost to support high-needs schools is headed to Hillsborough County Public Schools. The new funding—totaling approximately $10 million—will be invested in programs and resources to improve outcomes for students at 39 of our district’s 235 schools.

The funding comes after the Florida Legislature created the Turnaround School Supplemental Services Allocation or “TSSSA” (pronounced aloud as “Tessa”). TSSSA brings an additional $441 per student to schools that meet one of three qualifications:

  • A school implementing a district-managed turnaround plan,
  • A school that has earned at least three consecutive grades below a “C”
  • A school that has improved to a “C” or higher and is no longer in turnaround status within the last two years

“This gives us an important boost at an important time, when we’re making great progress with our high needs schools,” Superintendent Jeff Eakins said. “We’ve just finished the first year of our Achievement Schools initiative, which focuses resources and support on our 50 highest needs schools, and this funding will help us accelerate the growth our teachers and leaders have been producing.”

Spending will follow a specific TSSSA Plan at each school that will be voted on by the Hillsborough County School Board at today’s meeting. Some of the ways the funding can be used include:

  • Establishing support services for family and community partnerships
  • Establishing high academic and character standards, including potentially adding additional classroom time
  • Increasing parental involvement
  • Recruiting and training high quality teachers and staff

Each school will be eligible for the TSSSA funding for up to four continuous years while implementing a turnaround option. A school that improves to a grade of “C” or higher will remain eligible for up to two continuous fiscal years after exiting turnaround status.

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